The 16 Best Sliders of 2019 GIF Tournament

If there’s one pitch that looks great regardless of how bad the camera angle is, it’s a slider. It’s also become the go-to breaking ball across the league, especially for relievers.

Although the 2019 season is young there have already been a ton of wipeout sliders. In fact, there have been 16 that were particularly better than the rest — so let’s throw them in a GIF Tournament and see which one walks out victorious. No curves, gas or pulling the string in this tournament. Sliders only.

Here are the rules:

  • All GIFs were pulled from the first two and a half weeks of the season.
  • You can only vote on a matchup once, so make sure you pick the one you absolutely want. No take-backsies (very strict policy).
  • Voting will continue until 12:00 a.m. EST the following morning. This is the first round.


Featured Image by Justin Paradis (@freshmeatcomm on Twitter)

Here are the matchups for Round 1:


American Bracket


1. Chaz Roe vs. 8. Mike Clevinger
2. Anthony DeSclafani vs. 7. Edwin Diaz
3. Matt Boyd vs. 6. Adam Ottavino
4. Caleb Smith vs. 5. Yusei Kikuchi


National Bracket


1. Jordan Hicks vs. 8. Max Scherzer
2. Dylan Bundy vs. 7. Yu Darvish
3. Collin McHugh vs. 6. Sean Newcomb
4. Andrew Miller vs. 5. Shane Greene


Watch the GIFs in the Links Below!

Nick Friar

Nick pitched at Northwestern University from 2011-14. He firmly believes the answer to every count and situation is a changeup — probably because he only topped out at 91. Nick runs the GIF Tournaments at Pitcher List. If you see a pitch that deserves recognition, let him know on Twitter @Nick_Friar. Maybe give him a follow, too? Or not. Actually, "not" might be the right answer here.


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